Plea deal offered to man who reportedly tried to steal two cars
A change of plea hearing was scheduled Wednesday in Yuma County Superior Court for the Yuma man who allegedly attempted to steal two cars along 4th Avenue earlier this year, one of which had a 1-year-old child in the backseat.
Zachary Dumyahn of the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office, who represents 41-year-old Julio Jackson, informed the court during a brief hearing that the prosecution has extended his client a plea agreement, but he has not discussed it with him yet.
"I will meet with the defendant regarding that," Dumyahn said.
Dumyahn then asked the court for a two-week continuance, saying that his client would either enter a plea at that time, or request that the case be transferred to another judge until the case is ready for trial.
The terms of the plea agreement were not discussed during the hearing because Jackson has not accepted it yet in open court.
Superior Court Judge David Haws, who is presiding over the case, scheduled the change of plea hearing for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16.
According to the Yuma Police Department, at about noon on Aug. 1, Jackson allegedly approached a woman who was pumping gas at the Circle K at 695 S. 4th Ave., pushed her out of the way and got into her vehicle. The woman's baby was in the back seat at the time.
The woman screamed for help and a worker in the area ran to her assistance. The worker reportedly forced Jackson out of the woman's vehicle. Jackson then walked away.
Jackson then allegedly attempted unsuccessfully to steal a second vehicle nearby.
Police officers were dispatched to the area after receiving reports of the incident at the gas station and found Jackson in the 700 block of South 4th Avenue where he was arrested.
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